The world wide web can be a scary and unruly place where dark forces lurk. But, like the moon, that is only one side of it. The other (and I think bigger) side is shiny and bright and happy and here all paths lead to amazing people and places, both old and new. And here we are reminded over and over again of the commonalities that we share regardless of color, class, or country. Commonalities like love, children, books, music, hopes, dreams… all the really good stuff.
I decided to illustrate Long Live Earth with fabric scraps because quilting is an age old form of recycling. For whatever reason I tended to think of quilting as mainly an American labor with images coming to mind of bonneted pioneer women, log cabins and Pa Ingalls in his red long johns. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. The earliest known quilt dates back to the Pharaoh of the Egyptian First Dynasty, about 3400 B.C.
The other day I stumbled upon this little movie short called 100 Good Wishes Quilt – The Virtue to Sustain Love and Environment which I can’t seem to watch without crying.
I am feeling very humbled. Twenty years on I had hoped that people would still be appreciative of the topical message and patched up illustrations of Long Live Earth’s Anniversary Edition. But I never expected reviews like these last few. Here is the most recent review from a true blue Top 50, Vine Voice Amazon reviewer. Wow. Many heartfelt thanks to L.M. Keefer:
If you are looking for a charming, colorful and creative book to teach children about taking care of our earth, this book delights. The illustrations embody the philosophy: they are quilt squares, making use of unused fabric. Each illustration is imaginatively conceived and stitched. Children will have fun talking about what they see in the squares. The illustrations are quite winsome.
The book is brimming with actionable ideas on what children can do to take care of our beautiful earth: waste less, use non-chemical sprays, don’t litter, take the train or bus when you can, plant a garden, recycle etc. The book can be a catalyst for an adult to think together of ideas with a child on how to take care of the earth. It would also be wonderful in a classroom to think of a class project on how they can care for the earth. Then, for an art activity, the students could create a patchwork square of their own out of collage materials to illustrate something they love about the exquisite earth that is worth preserving. The squares could be placed together on a bulletin board. When I taught preschool and elementary classes, I would ask design stores for any leftover wallpaper books and use the wallpaper for art projects as the wallpaper was patterned like fabric but could be glued instead of stitched.
For parents who care about cultivating a care for the earth in their children, this book enchants. It has depth. The author wrote in the forward that some years ago she was looking for a book to teach her son care for the earth. When she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she wrote this book and stitched the quilt squares. She has designed textiles for the home furnishings industry, exhibited her award winning art internationally and studied art at Parsons School of Design and Boston University. The art is truly fetching. Quilters and home schools would appreciate this book, too.
Most of the give-away winners have received their copies of Long Live Earth (yeah!) but some are still waiting (boo!). A sincere apology to those still waiting… you have not been forgotten and I sincerely thank you for your continued patience.
Also, a big thank you to give-away winner JC for his hat’s off to the stitched illustrations and to fellow Goodreads author Kat Ward for her thoughtful review of Long Live Earth:
Thank you so much to all of you who entered the Long Live Earth give-away. I so appreciate your interest!
I have received the names of the winners and can’t wait to get the book out to all 20 of you. I am currently waiting to receive the books by snail mail from the printer (hot off the press). I will sign them and pop them back into the snail mail trail en route to you as soon as I get them.
So thank you, winners, in advance for your patience. And a big thank you to everyone who entered. If you would like to pre-order a copy of your own from Amazon (and help support 350.org) just click the big heart.
And thank you all, from the bottom of mine…